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A Student Body President Was Sent Home From School For Wearing This Outfit

Carey Burgess is going viral on Facebook after she posted a status to fight what she called a "sexist" dress code.

This is Carey Burgess, a 17-year-old student at Beaufort High School in South Carolina.

Carey is the student body president of her high school, a junior marshal, and a recipient of the state's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship.

Carey Burgess

But the teen is now going viral on social media after she got suspended from her high school. The reason? She wore the outfit pictured below.

Carey Burgess

According to Carey, she was stopped by a teacher in the hallway and told, "Your skirt is too short. You need to go to in-school suspension and then go home."

The teen said after she was threatened with in-school suspension, she was told that she could go home to change. "So, I went to the front office and [rather embarrassingly] cried and called my mom to be sent home..." she said.

Carey Burgess

Carey said the incident made her feel humiliated.

Carey Burgess

"Thank you for bringing me to tears in front of my friends and classmates because you do not have the decency to pull me aside and explain the problem," she wrote in a message to the teacher she posted online. "Then again, I did not have the decency to put on real clothes today."

The teen was so angry about the way she had been treated, she decided to post about the incident on social media. She wrote that the school should be more focused on her education than on her "distracting" clothing:

So maybe I am in the wrong. Maybe our society isn't yet advanced enough to handle 3 inches of my thigh. This is a patriarchal society and I am a woman. I have to be kept in my place, or I may do something that is so rarely seen in Beaufort High School- learn.

You saved me, Beaufort High. As Student Body President, junior marshal, and a recipient of the Palmetto Fellows, I was heading down the path of hard drugs [good thing you're testing next year!], strip clubs, and sugar daddies. I don't where I would be without your misogynistic views. How could I go on without a certain math teacher making sexist jokes all class? How could I survive without my science professor letting me know I am an inferior woman? Yes, I am a woman. I am woman with thighs, a butt, and a brain. I am bigger than Beaufort High School. All of us are. Maybe instead of worrying about my skirt, Beaufort High should take notice of its incompetent employees, and sexist leaders.

Her post immediately blew up online, and has since been shared thousands of times. Many of the school's former students commented, saying they had experienced the same thing.

The high school didn't return a request for comment from BuzzFeed News, but Principal Corey Murphy defended the decision to the Beaufort Gazette.

Carey said she has spoken with her principal and they have "shared their concerns" with each other.

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